One community finds shrinking the racial achievement gap takes time

12/16/2005 | NYTimes.com

Thanks to a 20-year-old after-school tutoring program and other strategies, the upper-middle-class Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights has dramatically boosted black students' test scores. Harvard professor Ronald Ferguson, who has been studying integrated communities like Shaker Heights, predicts it will take at least 25 years to eliminate the achievement gap altogether.

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